Getting Started with DraftSight

Getting Started with DraftSight
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  • Create precise mechanical drawings with DraftSight
  • Download and install this free software in Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Learn how to dimension and prepare sheets for printing with fully illustrated exercises

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 180 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : August 2013
ISBN : 1782160248
ISBN 13 : 9781782160243
Author(s) : João Santos
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to DraftSight
Chapter 2: Drawing with Precision
Chapter 3: Starting to Create Projects
Chapter 4: Structuring Projects and Following Standards
Chapter 5: Inquiring Projects and Modifying Properties
Chapter 6: Creating Complex Projects
Chapter 7: Creating and Applying Components
Chapter 8: Applying Fills and Patterns
Chapter 9: Documenting Projects
Chapter 10: Printing Efficiently
Chapter 11: Advanced Tools
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to DraftSight
    • Downloading and starting DraftSight
    • Understanding the user interface
    • Configuring DraftSight
    • Starting and setting up a drawing
      • Starting a drawing
      • Setting up a drawing
    • Opening, saving, and closing drawings
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Drawing with Precision
      • Defining coordinates
        • Absolute coordinates
        • Relative Cartesian coordinates
        • Relative polar coordinates
      • Drawing lines and deleting
        • Drawing lines
        • Selecting and deleting
      • Graphical auxiliary tools
        • Ortho and Polar
        • Entity snaps
        • Entity snap tracking
        • Snap and Grid
      • Visualization tools
      • Exercise 2.1
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Starting to Create Projects
        • Drawing circles and arcs
        • Drawing rectangles and polygons
        • Selecting entities
        • Moving, copying, and reflecting
        • Rotating and scaling
        • Offsetting and stretching
        • Trimming and extending
        • Filleting and chamfering
        • Exercise 3.1
        • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Creating Complex Projects
              • Creating text styles and applying text
              • Creating polylines
              • Creating multiple equally spaced copies
              • Creating other entities
              • Creating tables and table styles
              • Joining, lengthening, and breaking the entities
              • Exercise 6.1
              • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Applying Fills and Patterns
                  • Applying patterns
                    • The Predefined and Custom types
                    • User-defined type
                    • Pattern origin
                    • Boundary definition
                    • Other options
                  • Applying gradients
                  • Editing fills and patterns
                  • Exercise 8.1
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Documenting Projects
                    • Creating linear dimensions
                    • Creating angular dimensions
                    • Dimensioning arcs and circles
                    • Ordinate dimensions and leaders
                    • Editing dimensions
                    • Creating and managing dimension styles
                    • Exercise 9.1
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Printing Efficiently
                      • Creating and managing sheets for printing
                      • Configuring sheets
                      • Creating and managing print styles
                      • Creating viewports
                      • Adjusting viewport visualization, scale, and layers
                      • Previewing and printing
                      • Exercise 10.1
                      • Summary
                      • Chapter 11: Advanced Tools
                        • Referencing external drawings and images
                          • Managing and linking external drawings and images
                          • Clipping external drawings and images
                        • Advanced layer commands
                        • Exercise 11.1
                        • Summary

                        João Santos

                        João Santos is the manager and main instructor at QualiCAD (, one of the most important Portuguese ATCs (Autodesk Authorized Training Center), based in Lisbon. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has been teaching AutoCAD for more than 25 years and, most recently teaching several AutoCAD clones such as DraftSight, ZW CAD, ProgeCAD, BitCAD. He is an AutoCAD 2013 and 3ds Max 2013 Certified professional user and instructor, being also the Portuguese instructor in these technologies with more students. João is the author and co-author of more than 40 Portuguese AutoCAD and 3ds Max books. He is also the author of Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design, Packt Publishing.
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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Download and get started with DraftSight
                        • Create drawing entities with precision
                        • Structure projects and follow standards
                        • Build simple and complex projects
                        • Create and apply components (blocks)
                        • Apply fills and regular patterns
                        • Dimension mechanical drawings
                        • Define printing sheets and print efficiently
                        • Reference other drawings and images

                        In Detail

                        Computer-aided design (CAD) uses computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, and analysis of a design. DraftSight is a 2D computer-aided design (CAD) software application. DraftSight includes all the main tools to draft with precision, and it works with DWG files, the most popular CAD file type. It runs on a wide variety of operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

                        Getting Started with DraftSight addresses all the main phases for executing and printing a mechanical project. These concepts and commands can easily be applied to other areas. Beginning with the very basic concepts, and going through all the necessary drawing steps, you will finish by printing a full scale mechanical drawing. The illustrative examples will help you understand the design process and teach you how to utilize DraftSight features in your mechanical design projects.

                        You will start with an overview of the mechanical design process, which will help you understand the different commands, tools, and tasks involved in DraftSight projects. You will then proceed to executing all the phases of the design process. This includes setting up a drawing, drawing and editing with precision, organizing with layers, and finally obtaining valid information from the drawing. Furthermore, you will also learn to apply fills, patterns, and dimensions, and the process of defining and printing sheets.

                        With "GettingStarted with DraftSight" you will learn how to specify and document parts and print drawings with the help of DraftSight. Towards the end of this book you will be introduced to some advanced concepts like additional layer commands, and methods to reference other drawings or images, which can be very useful when dealing with complex projects.


                        Packed with illustrations and step-by-step guidelines, this book will serve as a guide for DraftSight and get you up and running with it!

                        Who this book is for

                        Getting Started with DraftSight is for anyyone who wants to create accurate 2D drawings in the DWG file format. It is also a great resource for architectural, engineering, or design professionals and students. The reader needs to have basic knowledge of CAD.

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